As I have read and re-read this passage, This one verse just keeps jumping out at me no matter which version I read it in.
18 What sorrow for those who drag their sins behind them
with ropes made of lies,
who drag wickedness behind them like a cart!
Can you picture it, person after person passing by pulling behind them a cart full of sins, tied to them by cords of lies. Carts piled high with bitterness, rage, malice, stolen goods, a murdered body or two. And the cords are made of "self incrimination, self deception, words of deceit, and tied tight to the cart with the very lies of Satan. Lies that refuse to free you; and all that sin that keeps piling up in the cart.
If we could just see with Spiritual eyes, what would we see passing us by? Would it cause us to have hearts full of compassion for the lost, for those who have no clue what they drag behind them and what ties it to them. Would our hearts be moved to tell them of Jesus, of the one who came to set them free of all the sin the carts are full of. Or would we just close our eyes because we don't like what we see? Would we not be willing to approach out of fear or out of "religious superiority". How much better to show them where they can pull those carts, to the foot of the cross, empty their contents and leave them there. Set free finally of the stench and bondage of sin.
Open my spiritual eyes Lord to the lost around me, help me to guide them to you!